LATROBE, Pa. (AP)—The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Cameron Heyward.
The former standout tackle at Ohio State is the son of former Pitt and NFL running back Craig “Ironhead” Heyward. The 6-foot-5, 288-pound Heyward is part of a youth movement along Pittsburgh’s aging defensive line. He’s the second defensive lineman to be taken in the first round by the Steelers in the last three years, joining 2009 top pick Ziggy Hood.
|IN THE FOLD—Steelers President Art Rooney II, right, welcomes first round draft pick Cameron Heyward after signing him to a contract Latrobe, Pa., July 29. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Heyward signed in time to join the rest of the team for practice on Friday afternoon. The 22-year-old Heyward, who was born in Pittsburgh, called it a life-long dream to play for the Steelers and an “honor” to play on the “best” defensive line in the league.
Heyward was a first-team All-Big Ten selection last year.